Dining EditionThe Gems of Itasca: Dining Edition was released on Thursday, June 5th. This is the second in the eight series of short form documentaries about the Itasca County area. Each week a new documentary will be released through July 18th. Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the Itasca county seat and the regional hub for things to do, retail stores, grocery stores and restaurants. In Itasca County you can savor some exquisite cuisine. Check out the Gems of Itasca: The Dining Edition on YouTube.

The Gems of Itasca: Dining Edition interviews local caterer, local farmers to get their perspective on the dining and cuisine options of Itasca County. Renee Parrington, a local caterer came to Grand Rapids after her RV broke down and she ended up staying. Renee and her husband Jaime are the owners of Wild Thyme Catering. They catered the 2013 Annual Harvest Dinner, an annual fundraiser for Elder Circle,that took place at an Alpaca farm west of Deer River. The Parringtons strives on using locally produced foods.

produce standA tour of the Grand Rapids Farmers Market shows how the farmers provide sustainable organic produce to area restaurants, caterers, residents and visitors. The market is open every Wednesday and Saturday May through October. At the Farmers Market you will find local produce, meats, plants and other products at the Grand Rapids Farmers Market. Jesse Davis, Publicity Director of the Grand Rapids Farmers Market says they participate in the “National Farmers Market Week, 1st week in August, which is in the peak season when produce is at its most abundant and most affordable”. There is a difference in fresh produce than the grocery store variety. In the peak berry season you will find fields that you can pick your own, or if you prefer the farmers will pick for you. Fresh from the field to your kitchen. The Fideldy’s are one family that provides this unique experience. They offer apples, blueberries and make award winning Maple Syrup.

In Itasca County, you will find south of the border ethnic Mexican cuisine at El Patro in Grand Rapids. People are drawn to Grand Rapids because of the abundance of nature. “Where else can you pull up by boat onto a beach, play some volleyball, play in the sand, and have some great tasting thai pizza”, shares Parrington. Zorbaz on the beach is located right on Pokegama Lake so you can come via boat; quite the unique experience.

In Grand Rapids you can experience the place where the locals go and you can experience exquisite white table cloth cuisine at several fine dining restaurants from Forest Lake Restaurant, 17th Street Grille and Cedars Dining. There is a wide variety of dining options to satisfy every appetite and budget.

Come escape, experience and escape to Grand Rapids, it’s in Minnesota’s nature. A special thanks to A+B Productions for producing the short form documentary, Gems of Itasca: The Dining Edition. www.visitgrandrapids.com/dining You can sign up to receive notification of each week’s release at https://www.youtube.com/user/gemsofitasca.